Instructors and speakers for the Lifelong Learning Institute are often passionate about sharing what they know, and they do so as volunteers. Many are lifelong teachers, former faculty members from Virginia Tech, Radford University, or other colleges, universities, or public schools they served during their active careers. Some share their lifetime expertise, like Bill Ochsenwald, who teaches courses for LLI on the Middle East or Jack Call who teaches courses on the Supreme Court and criminal justice issues. But others share entirely new areas of expertise they developed in retirement.
LLI benefits too from gifted artists like Jesi Pace-Berkeley who has taught watercolors every term since the program launched, and Lois Stephens who teaches oil painting, among others. Community members find reward and satisfaction in sharing their knowledge of genealogy, aging and personal growth, writing memoirs, reading poetry, wines from all over the world, cooking, and quilting and so much more.
Active faculty at Virginia Tech remain a wonderful resource for LLI programs...scientists and researchers from many fields, Civil War historians, social scientists and policy experts, scholars in Africana studies, musicians, faculty in English who guide us through great literature or new discoveries, and others contribute memorable lectures and courses.
LLI actively encourages proposals for courses and lectures from any interested person. Please see our course and event proposal forms to submit your ideas. Course instructors receive one free term of membership and one free course.